Teenage males opting for hair transplants as male pattern baldness increases in younger generation
Young men still in their mid-teens are battling male pattern baldness by flocking to cosmetic doctors for hair transplants. In spite of cost, teens are said to be willing to spend whatever necessary to prevent themselves from being the forefront of ridicule for the vanishing hair or receding hairlines, with some suffering at age just 15 or 16.
There has been a spike in hair transplant procedures over the last year, with estimations that the number of his patients, who are getting younger, has grown by around 50% in the past 12 months alone. The cost of the procedure is often funded by the patient’s parents, it has been stated.
The growing popularity of the procedure is said to be partially down to the selfie culture, with the trend of taking photos of oneself, not just in day-to-day life, but in bigger moments such as school achievements, on social media sites, meaning people are more likely to be in the public eye. Young men with less hair are, understandably, often hesitant to post their selfies on Facebook because of the jokes or negative comments they receive over their hair deficiency.
Additionally, it’s reported that some teen males didn’t know they were losing hair until their social media friends commented on their fading crown, or simply realise hair deficiency from the photos they’ve posted. Many of these young men lose their self-esteem upon finding out that they have hair problems, so surgery is often the only way to counteract their loss of self-esteem.